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so look, i think he's going to be challenging everybody in that room in a way that's going to make them all feel a little bit uncomfortable, even as they may feel comfortable on other issues. about these issues. look, he'll challenge everybody in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable even as they feel comfortable on other issues. >> we look around the room, speaker boehner there, vice president biden, members of the president's cabinet. they have been introduced and walked into the room. there are certain ground rules that have been put into effect. kelly o'donnell is insue the chamber. >> reporter: unlike the state of the union where you had members who would be reaching into the aisle, trying to have a moment with the president of the united states, today, different rules for decorum. you have members who are on that aisle who have been instructed by leadership not to interfere, not to try to have that moment with the holy father. but to be a bit more restrained.
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we know that there are catholic members along that row. i have actually seen some holding rosaries so i think today is really a much more personal day for speaker john boehner. he has waited 20 years. he has invited three popes and today is the culmination of his long attempt to have a pope address the u.s. congress. this is a man who went to church every day, attended mass as a boy. and then his parents who put all 12 of his siblings through catholic school. this is very personal for him. now -- >> kelly, let me just interrupt because we are seeing the pope making his way to our side of the house chamber door and when he is introduced, we will sit back and listen to the reaction he gets. you mentioned john boehner. he had a private meeting with the pope in his offices about half an hour ago. it would have been interesting to have been a fly on the wall in that meeting but obviously
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just an enormous moment for speaker boehner for the reasons you just mentioned, kelly. >> reporter: and matt, i spoke to two of the presidential candidates who are here as guests today. dr. ben carson and chris christie. of course, there are others who -- >> mr. speaker, the pope of the holy see. [ applause ]
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>> a little welcome to pope francis. you notice the only person he stopped and address the hand of is secretary of state john kerry. and here's pope francis at the podium.
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>> members of congress, i have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you, pope francis of the holy see. [ applause ] mr. vice president, mr. speaker, honorable members of congress, dear friends, i am
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most grateful for your invitation to address this joint session of congress in the land of the free and the home of the brave. [ applause ] from which we have all received so much and toward which we
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share a common responsibility. each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility. your own responsibility as members of congress is to enable this country, by your legislative activity, to grow as a nation. you are the face of its people, their representatives. you are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good.
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for this is the chief aim of all politics. a political society endures when it seeks to stimulate the growth of all its members. especially those in situations of the greater vulnerability of risk, legislating the activity is always better to take care of the party. you are to serve those who elect
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you. yours is a work which makes me reflect in two ways on the figure of moses. on the one hand, the patriarch and law giver of the people of israel sbolizes the need of peoples to keep alive their sense of unity by means of just legislation. on the other, the figure of moses leads us directly to god and thus to the transcendent dignity of the human being. moses provides us with a good synthesis of your
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work. you are asked to protect, by means of the law, the image and likeness fashioned by god on every human life. today i would like not only to address you, but through you the entire people of the united states. here, together with their representatives, i would like to take this opportunity to dialogue with the many thousands of men and women who strive each day to do an honest day's work,
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to bring home their daily bread, to save money and, one step at a time, to build a better life for their families. these are men and women who are not concerned simply with paying their taxes, but in their own quiet way sustain the life of society. [ applause ] they generate solidarity by their actions, and they create organizations which offer a helping hand to those most in need.
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i would also like to enter into dialogue with the many elderly persons who are a storehouse of wisdom forged by experience, and who seek in many ways, especially through volunteer work, to share their stories and their insights. i know that many of them are retired, but still active. they keep working to build up this land. i also want to dialogue with all those young people who are working to realize their great and noble aspirations, who are not led astray by facile
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proposals, and who face difficult situations, often as a result of immaturity on the part of many adults. i wish to dialogue with all of you, and i would like to do so through the historical memory of your people. my visit takes place at a time when men and women of good will are marking the anniversaries of several great americans. the complexities of history and
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the reality of human weakness notwithstanding, these men and women, for all their many differences and limitations, were able by hard work and self-sacrifice, some at the cost of their lives, to build a better future. they shaped fundamental values which will endure forever in the spirit of the american people. a people with this spirit can live through many crises, tensions and conflicts, while always finding the resources to move forward, and to do so with
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dignity. these men and women offer us a way of seeing and interpreting reality. in honoring their memory, we are inspired, even amid conflicts, and in the here and now of each day to draw upon our deepest cultural reserves. i would like to mention four of these americans. abraham lincoln, martin luther king, dorothy day and thomas
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merton. [ applause ] this year marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of president abraham lincoln, the guardian of liberty, who labored tirelessly that this nation, under god, might have a new birth of freedom. building a future of freedom requires love of the common good and cooperation in a spirit of subsidiarity and solidarity.
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all of us are quite aware of, and deeply worried by the disturbing social and political situation of the world today. our world is increasingly a place of violent conflict, hatred and brutal atrocities, committed even in the name of god and of religion. we know that no religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism. this means that we must be especially attentive to every type of fundamentalism, whether
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religious or of any other kind. a delicate balance is required to combat violence perpetrated in the name of a religion, an ideology or an economic system, while also safeguarding religious freedom, intellectual freedom and individual freedoms. but there is another temptation which we must especially guard against, the simplistic reductionism which sees only good or evil, or, if you will,
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the righteous and sinners. the contemporary world, with its open wounds which affect so many of our brothers and sisters, demands that we confront every form of polarization which would divide it into these two camps. we know that in the attempt to be freed of the enemy without, we can be tempted to feed the enemy within. to imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to
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take their place. that is something which you, as a people, reject. [ applause ] our response must instead be one of hope and healing, of peace and justice. we are asked to summon the courage and the intelligence to resolve today's many geopolitical and economic crises. even in the developed world, the effects of unjust structures and
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actions are all too apparent. our efforts must aim at restoring hope, righting wrongs, maintaining commitments, and thus promoting the well-being of individuals and of peoples. we must move forward together, as one, in a renewed spirit of fraternity and solidarity, cooperating generously for the common good. the challenges facing us today call for a renewal of that
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spirit of cooperation, which has accomplished so much good throughout the history of the united states. the complexity, the gravity and the urgency of these challenges demand that we pool our resources and talents, and resolve to support one another, with respect for our differences and our convictions of conscience. [ applause ] in this land, the various religious denominations have greatly contributed to building
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and strengthening society. it is important that today, as in the past, the voice of faith continue to be heard, for it is a voice of fraternity and love, which tries to bring out the best in each person and in each society. such cooperation is a powerful resource in the battle to eliminate new global forms of slavery, born of grave injustices which can be overcome only through new policies and
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new forms of social consensus. politics is instead an expression of our compelling need to leave us one, in order to build as one, the greatest common good. that of a community which sacrifices particular interests in order to share injustice and believes its words, its intellect, its social life. i don't know the difficulty that this involves. but i encourage you in this effort.
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[ applause ] here i think of the march which martin luther king led from selma 50 years ago as part of the campaign to fulfill his dream of full political rights for african-americans. [ applause ] that dream continues to inspire us all and i am happy that america continues to be for many
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a land of dreams. [ applause ] dreams which awaken what is deepest and truest in the life of the people. in recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. we, the people of this
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continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us -- because most of us were once foreigners. [ applause ] immigrants. tragically, the rights of those who were here long before us
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were not always respected. for those peoples and their nations, from the heart of american democracy, i wish to reaffirm my highest esteem and appreciation. those first contacts were often turbulent and violent, but we know it is very difficult to judge the past by the criteria of the present. nonetheless, when the stranger in our midst appeals to us, we
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must not repeat the sins and the errors of the past. [ applause ] we must resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible, as we educate new generations not to turn their back on our neighbors and everything around us. building a nation calls us to recognize that we must constantly relate to others, rejecting a mindset of hostility in order to adopt one of reciprocal subsidiarity, in a
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constant effort to do our best. i am confident that we can do this. our world is facing a refugee crisis of a magnitude not seen since the second world war. this presents us with great challenges and many hard decisions. on this continent, too, thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones, in search of greater opportunities. is this not what we want for our
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own children? [ applause ] we must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. to respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal. we need to avoid a common temptation nowadays, to discard whatever proves troublesome.
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let us remember the golden rule, do unto others as you -- [ applause ] "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." this rule points us in a clear direction. let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves.
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let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. in a word, if we want security, let us give security. if we want life, let us give life. if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. the yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us. [ applause ]
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and defend human life at every stage of its development. [ applause ] this conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty.
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[ applause ] i am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes. recently my brother bishops here in the united states renewed their call for the abolition of the death penalty. not only do i support them, but i also offer encouragement to
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all those who are convinced that a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation. [ applause ] in these times when social concerns are so important, i cannot fail to mention the servant of god dorothy day, who founded the catholic worker movement. her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by
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the gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints. how much progress has been made in this area in so many parts of the world. how much has been done in these first years of the third millennium to raise people out of extreme poverty. i know that you share my conviction that much more still needs to be done, and that in times of crisis and economic hardship a spirit of global solidarity must not be lost. at the same time i would
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encourage you to keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty. they too need to be given hope. the fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts, especially in its causes. i know that many americans today, as in the past, are working to deal with this problem. it goes without saying that part of this great effort is the creation and distribution of wealth. the right use of natural
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resources, the proper application of technology and the harnessing of the spirit of enterprise are essential elements of an economy which seeks to be modern, inclusive and sustainable. [ applause ] business is a noble vocation, directed to producing wealth and improving the world. it can be a fruitful source of prosperity for the area in which it operates, especially if it sees the creation of jobs as an
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essential part of its service to the common good. [ applause ] this common good also includes the earth, a central theme of the encyclical which i recently wrote in order to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home. we need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots,
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concern and affect us all. in laudato si', i call for a courageous and responsible effort to redirect our step, and to avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity. i am convinced that we can make a difference. i'm sure --
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[ applause ] and i have no doubt that the united states and this congress have an important role to play. now is the time for courageous actions and strategies, aimed at implementing a culture of care and an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature. [ applause ] we have the freedom needed to limit and direct technology, to devise intelligent ways of
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developing and limiting our power, and to put technology at the service of another type of progress, one which is healthier, more human, more social, more integral. in this regard, i am confident that america's outstanding academic and research institutions can make a vital contribution in the years ahead. [ applause ] a century ago, at the beginning of the great war, which pope
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benedict xv termed a pointless slaughter, another notable american was born. the cistercian monk thomas merton. he remains a source of spiritual inspiration and a guide for many people. in his autobiography, merton wrote, i came into the world. free by nature, in the image of god, i was nevertheless the prisoner of my own violence and my own selfishness, in the image of the world into which i was
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born. that world was the picture of hell, full of men like myself, loving god, and yet hating him. born to love him, living instead in fear of hopeless self-contradictory hungers. merton was above all a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time and opened new horizons for souls and for the church. he was also a man of dialogue, a promoter of peace between
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peoples and religions. from this perspective of dialogue, i would like to recognize the efforts made in recent months to help overcome historic differences linked to painful episodes of the past. it is my duty to build bridges and to help all men and women, in any way possible, to do the same. when countries which have been at odds resume the path of dialogue, a dialogue which may
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have been interrupted for the most legitimate of reasons, new opportunities open up for all. [ applause ] this has required, and requires, courage and daring, which is not the same as irresponsibility. a good political leader is one who, with the interests of all in mind, seizes the moment in a spirit of openness and pragmatism. a good political leader always opts to initiate processes
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rather than possessing spaces. being at the service of dialogue and peace also means being truly determined to minimize and, in the long term, to end the many armed conflicts throughout our world. here we have to ask ourselves, why e deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?
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sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money, money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. in the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade. [ applause ]
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three sons and one daughter of this land, four individuals and four dreams. lincoln, liberty. martin luther king, liberty in plurality and non-exclusion. dorothy day, social justice and the rights of persons. and thomas merton, the capacity for dialogue and openness to god. four representatives of the american people. i will end my visit to your country in philadelphia, where i will take part in the world meeting of families. it is my wish that throughout my visit the family should be a
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recurrent theme. how essential the family has been to the building of this country. [ applause ] and how worthy it remains of our support and encouragement. yet i cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without. fundamental relationships are
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being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family. i can only reiterate the importance and, above all, the richness and the beauty of family life. [ applause ] in particular, i would like to call attention to those family members who are the most vulnerable. the young. for many of them a future filled with countless possibilities beckons. yet so many others seem
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disoriented and aimless, trapped in a hopeless maze of violence, abuse and despair. their problems are our problems. we cannot avoid them. we need to face them together. to talk about them and to seek effective solutions rather than getting bogged down in discussions. at the risk of oversimplifying, we might say that we live in a culture which pressures young
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people not to start a family, because they lack possibilities for the future. yet this same culture presents others with so many options that they too are dissuaded from starting a family. a nation can be considered great when it defends liberty as lincoln did, when it fosters a culture which enables people to dream of full rights for all their brothers and sisters, as martin luther king sought to do, when it strives for justice and the cause of the oppressed, as
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dorothy day did by her tireless work, the fruit of a faith which becomes dialogue and sows peace in the contemplative style of thomas merton. in these remarks i have sought to present some of the richness of your cultural heritage, of the spirit of e american people. it is my desire that this spirit continue to develop and grow, so that as many young people as possible can inherit and dwell in a land which has inspired so many people to dream.
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god bless america! [ applause ] >> pope francis making history, becoming the first ever to speak before congress. it was a stirring speech, lasting about 51 or 52 minutes and touching on all of the major themes that had been promised, religious freedom, climate change and the environment, refugees crisis, and a rejection of fear, protection of human life as he said at all stages. his opposition to the death penalty. and our renewed relations with cuba. it had been said that lawmakers had been told not to react to the themes of this speech as they would have a state of the union address, but they did anyway. standing and cheering. i think it only added to the power of the speech and the
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power of the moment and he seemed to grow more confident speaking in english as the speech went on. chuck todd is watching and has been watching. it was not supposed to be political, but what will the politicians be talking about tonight, chuck? >> well, look, i think it was political, but i think the most powerful part of the address and the overarching message that i think he was trying to deliver was he was very aware of our political polarization and he spent the first half of his speech and in many ways how many times did you hear the phrase common good, consensus, pragmatism? he was really trying to inspire that room to put aside their differences and figure out okay, what is the lone goal, figure out how to get to the solutions. he got to some specifics in the speech but i think that large, powerful part of this speech and the message that i hope members of congress from both sides heard was this idea they got to work together and he was using the history of american
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democracy almost to try to maybe lecture and inspire that group in there, to do the right thing in a larger sense. he got the specific issues. i think it's interesting what he chose to go into deal on, climate change t immigration issue, income inequality. and what he was more subtle about, he talked about abortion and gay marriage, but he was very much less -- much less detailed than on those other issues. >> some of the people gathered outside the capitol will get a chance to see the pope, as i believe he's coming out. as he does that, bishop robert barron of los angeles is with us. as a religious speech, what struck you? >> i was tearing up many times during the speech. i line them up, left wing and right wing issues. i think it was wonderful he structured it along the lines,
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and thomas merton as i sit in the middle of manhattan, he went to columbia university. walking down fifth avenue, seeing the books in the bookstore that changed his life, led him to become a trappist monk. i read his book when i was 17. it's major move for the priests and merton's openness to god. left and right, all part of catholic social teaching which is grounded in a sense of god. >> you gave a thumbs up, your work -- referring to the people in the room, is work that makes you reflect in many ways on the figure of moses. >> he pointed to the statue of moses in the chamber. i thought it was wonderful. one nation under god. it's a groundedness in the law. >> maria shriver, you were watching and listening as well. interesting to hear your perspective over the last day. what do you think? >> i agree with many of the things that the bishop and chuck both said, but for me, i thought the speech was aspirational.
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i thought it was thoughtful. i thought it was deep. i agree with the bishop, the four people he focus on, lincoln. martin luther king, he talked about him at the white house. dorothy day and thomas merton. i was glad that he mentioned dorothy day. a journalist. a woman who was also very committed to social justice, social action. and doesn't get a lot of attention. many people think think she should be a saint along with mother teresa. i thought all four of the individuals are complex individuals, and he talked about them and in their own way which brings us back to we can all do great things. as complex as we are. we don't have been to perfect. that's no such thing, but each of can contribute to the common good. i agree with chuck, the common home, that's how he talks about all of these things.
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shared responsibility. dialogue is what moves us forward. i think all of these phrases i was touched by the way when he walked into the applause. he put his hands over his heart. >> right. >> he was very gracious. i think this was a gracious, aspirational speech, that people of different faiths and different political persuasions could take in many different ways. >> i want to go to peter alexander now because he's on the capitol grounds and as we can see, pope francis is making his way through the hallway. and he will in a second step out on to the balcony. peter, let me turn to you, you're surrounded by people. take me through what happens as they get their glimpse of this pope. >> well, for the last hour or so, the people here have basically been watching like we have on television, this visit by pope francis. and in matter of moments they're going to bet the moment they have been waiting for. which is the chance to see him walk on to that speaker's balcony. this is historic not only
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because he was the first pope to speak before the joint meeting of congress, but the first anybody, the first individual to give remarks from the speaker's balcony. 50,000 tickets distributed here. and the moment during those remarks, during the pope's speech to congress that really -- we hear applause again as the cameras show him once again, was when he referred to the golden rule. that was the biggest ovation, the biggest applause. i think for many of the families that we have met here today, for them that is the single greatest life lesson that they can take home from this. the one that's applicable not just to the adults in this audience, but to all the young children. so many families that came out to witness this moment today. >> standing in the stattary right now a poignant moment. >> very moving to see that, controversy about the statue being there so i think his presence is very moving. >> as he makes his way to the balcony, kelly, you had a front
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row seat to history. what was the feeling like in the room? >> matt, i think this was an engaged but restrained level of political involvement. very different than when i have observed the president addressing congress or other world leaders like benjamin netanyahu. members of congress were listening intently. i watched as bernie sanders cupped both ears to hear a bit better as he talked about poverty and social justice. i watched closely as james imhoff from oklahoma who is very much against the notion that a human being affects climate change, his hands were tightly clasped, not applauding as others did, when the holy father talked attack environment. behind me is chris christie and ben carson, spoke to both of them. they said they wanted to be here, to acknowledge this man of faith and to experience this
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once in a lifetime first ever address by a pope to congress. >> kelly, thank you very much. there were some moments that seemed as if some of the lawmakers, the people in the room were moved nearly to tears. i think i saw john boehner choking up at some point. of course he's somewhat famous for that, but it was obviously a moving experience for him. having met the pope earlier in his office and then there's a moment right there and then watching him and listening to him deliver that speech. nobody in that room as much as they have done and seen in their lifetime will ever forget the moments that they just experienced. >> extraordinary. i was very moved by it. and the use of the four figures across american history, and very provocative figures in some ways, but ones that expressed different aspects of social teaching and express the american experience. it was an ingenious move on his part, i think. >> couple of lines that struck me, let us treat others with the
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same compassion and the same compassion we want to be treated. let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. i mean, you know, these were themes that he has talked about at the last 2 1/2 years. probably much longer in his life, but we have been hearing these things over and over again. let's go back to peter alexander. i can hear chanting on the grounds of the capitol. they are urging the pope to make his appearance. >> yeah, you know, matt, all eyes are focused on that door to the speaker's balcony. they have been waiting for this. the cameras are now in place. the recordings have begun. we were there yesterday at the parade where so many people came from across this country, just for a glimpse. here they have been standing in the sun for the last hour. listening to his words and they're finally going to get hear him address them and speak to them directly. we met people who left nashville, tennessee, yesterday at 4:00.
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individuals who left their homes several days ago, just to take a trip to the nation's capital. not because it's the center of government, but for this visit it's the center of pope francis's trip to this country. something they wanted to share in. >> by the way, what a view he will have as he steps out on to the balcony. something that few people get a chance to do. chuck, you talked earlier about that common home as did maria and bishop barron. the challenges call for renewal of the spirit of cooperation which has accomplished so much good throughout the history of the united states. the complexity, the gravity, the urgency of these challenges demand that we pool our resources and talents and resolve to treat one another with respect for our differences and our convictions of conscience. >> that, matt, is to me the overarching again, you know, everybody is looking at a specific issue that they are -- that they wanted the pope to talk about. i think he certainly laid out many issues.
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but using the greatness of america's democracy almost as a way to lecture america's democracy -- both democratic bodies, to almost get it together, set aside these differences. you know, i can't help -- i apologize for bringing in crass politics into this, but we are six days from the government possibly can't you relieved i week which could save us a sort of silly political fight in a week. these members of congress hear white houseyesterday, there are other moments in history where messages like this have been
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delivered in washington. follow. go ahead, maria. >> i was interested in what the pope said about a culture of care i think is a great line.
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[ applause ] >> there would be many images that would be remembered as a part of this five or six day trip by the pope to the united states and standing on the south lawn of the white house, and in the basilica yesterday. obviously, a lot of people talking attack fiat and the popemobile. but this would be another indelible image etched into people's mind. the pope on the balcony at the u.s. capitol after making history, speaking to the u.s. congress. >> very stirring. matt, i thought of yesterday, you and i were there looking aunt the washington monument. and at that time, now to see that pope on the balcony of the capitol. >> there's a microphone there. he's going to address them. >> hello everyone.
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[ applause ] i'm so grateful for your presence here. the most important ones here -- the children. i will ask god to bless them. father of all, bless these, bless each of them.
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bless the families. bless them all. and i ask you all please to pray for me and if there are among you any who do not believe or cannot pray, i ask you please to send good wishes my way. thank you. thank you very much and god bless america.
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[ applause ] >> pope francis delighting tens of thousands of people gathered at the capitol. he spoke first in spanish and then english. god bless america his final words, reaching out to people of all faith. not just the catholics in the world. making a special point to talk about the children in the crowd. and the families. and emotional again. you saw john boehner in the background wiping away tears repeatedly. just an enormously powerful moment. >> more american catholics it's a powerful thing to see the juxtaposition of the imaginary. reaching out even to nonbelievers, those who can't pray. send good thoughts my way. so it's a very inclusive move on his part. >> i want to give you a sense of what's in store for the pope for the rest of the day. a couple of more events in washington. then he will board a plane later this afternoon and land at kennedy airport here in new
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york. from there he'll have a helicopter ride to lower manhattan and then make his way in a motorcade up to st. patrick's cathedral. an evening prayer service that will be hosted by timothy cardinal dolan. 3,000 people expected at st. patrick's. looking ahead to tomorrow, a procession through central park. mass at madison square garden. then over the weekend, heading down to philadelphia. a very busy schedule for a man who has already done so much in just about 36 hours. we're going -- first of all, bishop barron, thank you so much. thanks to our correspondents at the capitol. we'll have coverage throughout the day on msnbc and nbc news.com. and lester holt will have much more tonight on "nbc nightly news." i'm matt lauer in new york. this has been an nbc news special report.
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>> the moment that london smiles at me, 1-year-old. a big smile. >> i'm all for research. how would they know? you can't interview a baby, how do they know it's not gas? >> i don't know. >> i don't know. a good question. >> maybe -- >> i think it's obviously if it's gas or not. anyway. anyway, a question. day to day, how many apps do you use on your phone? >> not a lot. >> maybe five. >> half a dozen probably. >> well, for most people turns out it's three. according to a survey from com score. they spend most of their time using only three apps. >> probably true. >> you have like a hundred apps on your phone. you have a lot. >> how many do you use? >> probably five or six. >> i use two. two or three. i use the news and the weather app. twitter maybe. >> bank apps now and then. >> i have been listening to radio in my car using apps. i do sports. there's always new one. brittany is putting the emoji
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thing on my -- that gift keyboard is amazing. >> yeah. >> you know -- you do have children. >> i do. >> there's a new pope selfie out. in case you didn't get a selfie with the pope that i discovered. >> oh, emoji one too. >> a good one. i downloaded that. >> how about this one. the most iconic song ever written and the superstar that left anne hathaway starstruck at her own movie premiere. >> first, the most iconic song ever according to computers. we talked attack most feel good tracks yesterday, but scientists have come one list of songs that will stick in our brains. here they r. one by u2. and number two, imagine by john
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lennon, so which is number one? nirvana. >> want to make a confession, al roker? >> i never heard this song. never heard this song. >> come on. >> it's iconic. >> i don't like it. >> what? >> never -- >> are you serious? >> feels good, doesn't it? >> oh. okay. >> there are 91 days until christmas, but mr. lauer i got your gift. a coffee table book filled with giselle photos. celebrating her 20 years in fashion. it's 536 pages of fantastic photos. only a thousand copies will be released, giselle signed every one of them. the book can be yours for $700. >> does it come with a coffee table? >> does it come with giselle? >> no. it will sell out like that. she's the richest super model in the world. you can google her and hit images that free. >> then put your phone on the
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coffee table. >> and finally anne hathaway, proving that movie stars are like us. she was on the red carpet and spotted a superstar behind her and it left her a bit starstruck. take a look. >> i feel like -- i'm fine, i'm fine. i'll meet her. have you seen the background? okay. >> there you do. we don't know if they actually met. you can see mariah in the background. >> who did you think it was? >> i wasn't sure who she was talking to. >> anybody who left you starstruck after so many years of doing the show? >> i don't know. >> sting. first time he was here in studio, i was like -- i couldn't talk. >> yeah. >> mr. de niro. >> he was -- yeah. th that's true. >> dustin hoffman. >> maybe the pope.
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>> carson, thank you very much. al, a check of the weather. >> that's right. we have an anniversary to look at. we're tracking rita, one of the deadliest on this date, it made landfall. it passed key west in 2005 and then started to make its way -- strengthened to the category 5 on september 21, causing one of the largest evacuations in history. on this date, it made landfall. and then it went past texas, category 3. 120 mile per hour winds. it was devastating. fifth major hurricane of that season. lowest pressure in the gulf of mexico. caused 120 deaths and its effects were felt all the way into illinois. spawning at least 90 tornadoes causing $12 billion worth of damage. high surf advisories along the california coast. lots of sunshine i
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hey, happy thursday morning to you, waking up to clear skies in the south bay and entire area. we have high thin clouds out there, but otherwise, we'll see a warm day. the highs, talking about temperatures nearly 90 degrees. mid-80s for the peninsula. san francisco, a warmer day expected there. 76 with the tri-valley with a hot day, temperatures near 95 degrees and 91 in the north bay. the weekend stays hot for friday and cooling on saturday and sunday. >> that's your lates t weather.32 gracias. >> thank you very much. we're helping you face your financial fears in week. with a little help from susie orman. people on the plaza opened up about their worries over retirement and more and she gave them great advice and began giving away a personal online finance course for free.
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so far, 130,000 students and climbing have signed up. she's back with us today. hi, suzy, good morning. 130,000. you touched a nerve here. >> yeah. >> for people who weren't watching yesterday what is the course and why are you giving it away free? >> well, we're giving it away because this is this time a charity, the pope is saying let's be charitable, it's yom kippur, time to be charitable. people won't spend money on learning about money. here is an extensive course. every single person can get it. >> the response was enormous, especially on the facebook page, and some of the questions about starting to save. okay. this one is from kate. i'm 33, self-employed. starting to think about savings. i have no debt and i hope to buy a home one day. i have not set up a retirement account yet. should i focus on retirement savings or saving toward buying a home or both? >> okay, let me make this simple for you. you should be doing both. maybe you'll buy a home one day,
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maybe you won't. but i can guarantee you one day you will retire. you need money in retirement and you're young. these are your compounding years. make retirement the number one priority and then a house. >> all right. here's one. i can't wait to hear how you answer this. jackie wants to talk about a splurge item. i would love to take my dad for a trip to hawaii for a 75th birthday. i have no savings. and put it on a credit card. do you think it would be totally crazy for me to do this? >> jackie, let me just answer this one simply for you. so crazy i can't even tell you why. you have no savings. something happens to you, who are you going to do for help? your papa he's going to think back why would jackie have taken me to hawaii. you'll have ruined the whole thing. do you want to give your papa something for the 75th, give him love, write him a letter and tell him everything you ever felt about him. the trip to hawaii will come and go. >> good advice. one is another medical bills and prices.
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how i can negotiate down a very high hospital bill to something i will pay off in my lifetime? >> if you will actually pay it off in your lifetime, make sure that the hospital knows that. go to the hospital, whoever you created this bill with. tell them, you can't pay it all in one lump sum but they most likely will negotiate with you. people just don't think they will, but they will. so go to them and talk to them. is it that simple? it is. >> we have a lot of questions about student loans. does it make sense to go into student loan debt today? most end up with a minimal job that won't pay off the loans. >> do not take out more of a student loan than you're going to earn in your very first year out of work. if it's more than that, you'll never pay it off. nothing wrong with going to community college, people. not having to take out a loan at all if you ask me. >> smart, practical advice,
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thank you very much. and don't forget, you can get her personal finance course @today.com. available for free until tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. once you have it, it's yours forever. thank you. carson? we're all familiar with the boy who never grew up, but how did peter pan become peter pan? that's the new premise of the new movie and he discovers his destiny with a friend, at least for now. >> at least you know where you come from. born to a warrior. heir to a prince. does that mean you're the one? i don't know. i don't know if there is a one. >> garrett hedlund. good to see you. did you grow up loving this tale of peter pan? >> i think the first time i watched it, i watched "hook," but never the original until i signed on to the film.
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>> no kidding? >> yeah. >> didn't it have on the cattle ranch in minnesota? >> no. we had three channels. i don't know if it's really depressing or not, but didn't really grow up with fairy tales so much. >> what is fun for this movie? this is reimagination of the classic. obviously things are different. tell me about james hook and how he's not actually the hook that we know. >> yeah. he's hook without the hook in this one. it's a wonderful story written by jason pughs and it was wonderful. and obviously with one of the best directors in the world, directing it, i was just so excited to see how this would go down. it starts off with peter in the orphanage and he's kidnapped and whisked way to these mines to be a slave for black beard and that's where you meet the hook, he's been a slave and sort of
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the deflated version. he sees peter and he sees this boy who eventually flies. he finds -- he sees what he thinks is the golden ticket off of the island. they act as allies and try to overcome the obstacles to get home. >> we think of the pirate garb and the mustache and the hat and you have more of a cowboy -- >> well, i was told we're doing a new flip on black beard and tiger lilly. i always imagined hook to be somebody that would be out of an early john ford film. like if he wasn't on never land he would be on the horse in the pray. >> i give me 23 seconds on black beard. playing somebody so evil. >> yeah. i mean, everybody says it. kind of becomes a broken record. he is indeed one of the nicest like people in the world. he's also one of the hardest workers. i think he sets quite a high standard out there for young --
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you know, male actors. and the mentally and physically congressional visit by pope francis is a very good morning to you, it's 8:26. today's congressional visit by pope francis drew attention across the nation. here in the bay area, catholics holing special events this morning to view and celebrate the pope's historic address. the presentation high school students and teachers gathered in the gymnasium to eat breakfast and watch the event. more than 200 students turned out, and took selfies as well with the card board, and organizers say students played games before and after the pope's speech including pope bingo. creative out there, mike. how are the roadways? >> didn't have to be creative to get around the slow downs you see because of the hard drive coming up towards the coliseum
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all the way back starting in hayward, dragging northbound. look the the series of crashes in both directions. a typical drive for the toll plaza north of there. both directions slow, the latest crash, another one south 880, the third for the morning in that tough area down through andrew. lower drive by the bridge, congestion onggi5 the peninsula side. a crash blocking traffic off the summit. back to you. >> thank you very much. back with another local news update in a half hour. see you then.
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morning. >> it is 8:30. it is thursday, the 24th day of september, 2015. take a look at some of the nice people who stopped by our plaza this morning on a really pretty day. pope francis will make his first visit to new york city this afternoon, and the town is buzzing. >> it really is. everybody is so excited. >> really going to be great. >> also coming up, one of our favorites visiting us.
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andy cohen of "housewives." now, he is expanding his empire. yes, the empire is yours, andy. the interesting game we have lined up for andy. ready? >> i guess so. >> always ready. watch what happens live, andy. >> okay. we racked our brains on this one. >> doesn't look ready. >> if you're having a group over to watch football, siri has two dips sure to score with your guests. >> let's get a check of the weather from mr. roker. >> let's show you what we have coming up. we are looking tomorrow as we get your weekend planner going, along the southeastern atlantic coast and the mid-atlantic, going to be west. sunshine out west. warmer temperatures in los angeles. beautiful in new england. as we get to the weekend planning, your wet weather will continue into appalachians with high surf advisories along the coast. western third of the country is spectacular. sunday, sunday, rip currents all the way up to the new england coastline. we're looking for beautiful
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weather in the pacific northwest with temperatures on the cool side. look for more weather down through the peninsula of a few high thin clouds in the bay area this morning, not expecting to see rain from this other than we'll see warm temperatures. looking at highs this afternoon, mid-70s in the coastline, the tri-valley at 91. 88 in san jose, and morgan hill close to 93 this afternoon. temperatures will cool off towards saturday and sunday, but friday, still another hot day expected, by superintendent, 60s in san francisco. r latest weather. got some cutis over here. what's everybody's names? >> christian and chloe. >> very nice. let's go to another cutie, mr. lauer. >> you do flatter. andy cohen is here, the man behind the "real housewives" empire. he's adding to his already impressive res pume, taking his
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talents to radio. >> radio andy. a few notches away from the "today" show channel. i'm in the hood. >> exactly. >> yes. i'm next to howard and below you. >> you are getting close to howard as the king of all media. you have the "real housewives," "empire," the love to get you drunk late night talk show. >> yes. >> eyou're an author. >> yes. >> now radio. you have four of your shows on this channel. >> true. >> and you program the others. >> it's true. it's been incredible. i've been a tv producer for 25 years, and sirius said, would you like to program your own channel? i said, this is great. i'm looking for ways to get fired for saying something inappropriate. >> there are ways. >> i'm scared. my nightmare is -- here, we're having fun. my nightmare is we're going to end up in the interview area one day in a paula dean type
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situation -- >> i'm debriefing you in what put you in the headlines. >> exactly. >> when a camera is on you, you get a self-governing switch. >> yes. >> a microphone there, you might say something. >> i'm scared. >> i don't mean to jinx you. >> i have no alcohol in the morning so that's good. >> you have made a mark on pop culture. not to brag on you, but having been around you a little bit, i think the reason is, you've got something about your personality, that when you're with people, it causes them to let their guard down. >> yes. >> it's not -- i'm not talking about the drinking at night. >> right. >> have you always had that? as a kid, did your friends share things with you? >> yes. i like getting information out of people and, also, i'm an enthusiast and co-dependent. i want you to leave having had a great time. i don't want you to leave being mad at me. i think that that comes through, certainly on "watch what happens live," and on the radio. >> you use this tool of games
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that also takes the guard down even a notch lower. we have racked our brains. >> i knew this was -- yes. >> we put the best minds on this and created a game. it's original, called "plead the fifth." >> really? never heard of it. >> i'll explain it. i'm going to say things to you, and you get to plead the fifth -- >> one time? >> this is good. you're catching on. >> turning the tables on me. >> ready to plead the fifth? who is the most famous contact in your phone? >> madonna. >> really? >> yes. >> cell phone, home phone? >> just cell phone. >> really? >> yes. >> which guest on "watch what happens live" was the biggest diva and i'll-ll-behaved? >> the biggest diva was probably mariah carey, but i think of that as a good thing. >> why?
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>> because i like the drama and the pageantry of a lady with big hair and heels and lots of action around her. >> give you something to work with on the show. >> put a fan in front of her. >> anderson cooper is a friend of yours. >> he's on cooper. >> has he ever let you see him without the toupee? >> without the merkin? >> i said the toupee. >> i have not seen anderson without his very aggressive hair system. i did not plead the fifth. >> we have one more. >> you do? okay. >> if you were straight -- >> that's a big if, matt. >> which real housewife would you want to have a one-night stand with? >> i think i would go with joanna krupa, a miami housewife. she's a model, big pouty lips, great body, and i love a blond, as you know. do you know that? >> never heard that before. >> i feel like her.
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i still haven't pled the fifth, matt. >> i know. joanna, very flattered somewhere. >> yes. >> always good to have you here, taking over radio. i'd love to come on and see you. >> i love it. >> i'll be careful about what i say. >> smart. get ready for the apps and gadgets you need to make life easier to manage. first, on a thursday morning, this is "today" on nbc.
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............. ...brice garnett ............ tech tips to simplify your life on "today" is sponsored by visa. everywhere you want to be. >> 8:39. between the kids, their activities, your job, compumuti, you have a tough job getting everything done without chaos. tlie three experts with us to help us put ease and simplicity into your life. first up, with time-saving app.,
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good to see you. >> good to see you. >> you have one for shopping, slice. what is it? >> the best way to track anything you buy online. if you buy something online, you will not only be able to track the shipments of the location of the packages, but you'll also get e-mail confirmations of all the receipts. if you need to return anything or anything like that, go to the app, not digging through the e-mails. >> if there's a recall on an item you bought, it gives you an alert. >> the price drop. i can track multiple shipments. >> trying to get everything together with kids and their homework and school activities. >> yes. >> chores in the home. cozi can help. >> it's a calendar but also a family-sharing app, to-do list. i can share everything about the tasks, things we're going to do, grocery lists we're going to buy at the store, even a checkoff list, as well as being able to get a to do list. this is recipes you can do. then a to do list for the house.
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even my son, christopher, has tasks he has to do inside the app. >> let's move on. homework and learning. i can no longer do fifth grade math with my kids. >> it's tough. >> can this help me? >> this is all about helping understand your study patterns and your study habits and making the information available in a way that you can learn best. this will help you do flash cards that are really multi-media. they talk to you, you can listen to them. it's a new way of trying to study from your phone. you can have collaboration and study groups with other people from your class or family. >> finally, keeping your family safe. this is called life 360. >> love this app. we as parents -- i'm a parent, you're a parent -- we want to keep tabs on our kids. we don't want to put them in embarrassing situations. i can track them through the app and they can check in at locations. if they're in a panic situation, they can hit the panic button. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> over here to carson. >> it is time for time-saving
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bad badge gadgets. jas jason, it might be time to turn in siri and say hello to alexa. >> there's a lot of energy going on about voice-activated gadgets, opposed to typing or pushing buttons. the echo was the first to do this. this was from amazon, came out last year. it was rocky but they've been improving the ai. you can plug it in and ask it anything. for instance, alexa, did the mets win last night? >> last night, the mets lost to the braves. >> wow. >> 6-3. they'll play tonight at 7:10 p.m. against the reds. >> sad story. >> alexa, do i need a coat today? >> currently, in hackensack, it's 62 years with clear skies and sun. >> impressive. >> today, you can expect mostly sunny weather with a high of 82 and a low of 59. >> especiallily good if you're going to hackensack. >> does she answer, what's the meaning of life, those answers?
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>> some of them. alexa, tell me a joke. >> what do you call a cow with a twitch? beef jerky. >> that's funny. wow. >> there you go. >> we have al roker all in one device. what is doxie? >> you want to write-off receipts on your taxes, you can bring it with us. don't plug it in, it's battery charged. feed it in here, and it will -- >> score tore snit. >> what if i need this two months down the line? >> this is a receipt from the hampton inn, and you type it in and it'll come up. >> this is cinder. >> we got an early look, it's coming out next year. this is a smart cooking device and uses algorithms to tell how thick, for instance, your steak is. it will cook it to just the
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right temperature, and it will actually -- you don't touch it at all, and it'll leave it for an hour. >> there's a steak in here. you literally -- >> here it is. >> inch and a half steak, you drop it down and the technology will cook it. >> perfectly. >> incredible. will it go -- >> it'll be $249. cinder cooks.com is the website. >> cool stuff there. thank you very much. are seconds with time saving tech for your pets.
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look at that wrangler. on commercial debut, our friends like wrangler can be big-time consumers. part three of the time-saving ideas, we're turning her attention to our pets. good morning. >> good morning. >> got your friend moxie here. >> first thing, apps will help us take selfies with the pets. it's hard to get your dog to pose. >> this app called bark . >> okay. roxie. >> it will get their attention. >> like all these different sound effects and that, get this. >> looking right at you. >> perfect. i love that. >> the next. is making change often with your pets. you have a tracker for that. >> yes, this is a little like for a dog. it's fitbark. it goes on the collar. it keeps track of their steps during the day, you know if they're running around, sleeping. it gives them bark points.
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you don't have to waste time wondering what was my dog doing all day? she can't tell you. >> over here, i love the idea of this, you know, it's hard sometimes to get out and get treats for your pets. so you have them delivered to them directly? >> if you want to get cute treats and toys for your dog every month. no one has time for that. this is the new prescription service called pooch perks. every month they're customizable boxes with treats and gadgets that you can save your time. you don't have to go to the store every month. >> you can play with something new every month. >> you can customize it, often together, as many treats or more toys. >> you can do just toys if you want or just treats and mix and match points. >> you can save more. coming up today, making your
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next party with the chef a fresh take. first this is "today" on nbc. ".
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>> and we are back now with birthday wishes from our good friend willard scott. hey, willard. >> we all love new york. you can see good shows and have great food. you can't a believe it. adelaide davis. 102-years-old, plays the accordion. clara williams from mccomb, mississippi, 100-years-old. i love this woman. olen james wingler.
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100-years-old. there is money out there in them crops. fred & jean anne philips in aliquippa, pennsylvania. they have been married 75 years. it's time for us to go back to the big apple. we do love new york. >> all right. willard, thank you very much. we are back in a moment. this is "today" here on nbc.
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. >> it's so nice to see you, it's a beautiful morning in new york for the pope's visit. beautiful again down in washington. you got a big hour coming up. what's going on? >> first of all, we have the new reboot of "heroes reborn." not having linkage here. you remember pizza wrap? >> it is real. >> we are talking family fall past time. al shares his past time. this time, we're taking you to texas. i'm going to show you my family fall tradition, which includes something known as the frito piaa. it's not like you ever seen. >> i had something like that. >> not like this. >> good for you. back with much more on "today" on a thursday morning. first your local news and weather.
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the event. more than 200 students turned out. they had a chance to take selfies with a card board cut out. the students enjoyed it and listening to the pope's address to the nation. of course, we'll have more on this on nbc bay area tonight as well as online, nbcbayarea.com.
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this morning on "today's take" pope francis delivering an his ttoric address to congress before making his way to new york city. then it's back, buzz building for heroes reborn. we have one of the stars. plus, legendary oscar, emmy, tony and grammy winner rita moreno. all that and more coming up next. >> announcer: this is "today's take" live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. welcome to "today" on a thursday morning, september 25, 2015. the streets are quiet right now but they'll be filling up later today as the pope arrives in new york city. i'm willie along with al,
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natalie and tamron. welcome to new york. welcome to new york, pope francis, of course. he's addressing congress this morning, today. anne thompson is live outside catholic charities in washington, d.c., with the latest on the pope's visit. ann, good morning. >> reporter: hi, willie. the pope wrapped up his historic speech to congress just about an hour ago. pope francis walked into the chambers to absolutely thunderous applause. it was a very, very moving moment, in fact, for house speaker john boehner. he was moved to tears at the site of pope francis there about to deliver a speech to congress. this is the third pope speaker boehner has tried to get to come and speak to congress. it was a wide-ranging speech by the pope. it hit on many of his favorite themes, income inequality, religious freedom, climate change, and he spent a lot of time talking about the refugee crisis around the world and about immigration.
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he urged congress to follow the golden rule on the issue of immigration, and that is to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. he says this is the yardstick by which we will be measured by history. it was a speech that was very well received and now he moves on to another part of washington, about a mile and a half away, to come here to catholic charities to have lunch with 300 homeless people. on the menu today is boneless teriyaki chicken and asian pasta salad. i talked to one homeless man who has come here for lunch and he said he wanted to be here because he thinks the pope walks with jesus. willie, that's the latest here from washington, d.c. now back to you. >> ann, thanks so much. he'll make his way to new york city later this evening, giving a mass at st. patrick's cathedral which is basically right across the street from where we are on fifth avenue. >> he's had spectacular weather.
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>> he has. >> which is what you would expect. >> you'd pray for. >> the skies have opened up and they've been blessed. >> and they have tours through central park tomorrow, another mass. >> up in east harlem. >> what's amazing we were talking about this yesterday as well to see how up close and personal he's been able to really get with a lot of people, so many people posting their pope selfies on social media. i mean, that was, i think, the trend yesterday all over twitter and instagram. you saw these pictures, people getting as close as they possibly could get. this young lady getting a nice photo with the pope as well. there are so many things online having to do with the pope now, people getting very creative. as you can imagine, there's a pope emoji app that shows the pope, for example. you see all the different -- the pope eating a new york city hot dog. >> this doesn't do him justice.
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he's cuter than that. >> the pope on the popemobile as you see doing a lot of new york types of things as well. >> i wonder how many people are going to trick out their jeep wrangler. >> the popemobile? >> in a popemobile. a white wrangler, you have the kids in the back and they're all standing up waving. >> they can all go like this? >> the fiat trend. i don't know about the popemobile trend. >> our family car is a jeep wrangler. >> are you going to pope it out? spray paint it white. >> that's all. you have to spray paint it white. >> i would love to pull into the grocery store with me just standing behind glass waving to people. >> that's what i'm here for. >> come on. >> i'm going to tell you, i have a fiat and it is a fun car, and now -- >> it's going to be everywhere.
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>> i wonder if sales will go up. >> i would imagine. >> you can do the convertible version if you want to be fancy. the convertible fancy one and a two door now. >> they have the "l," bigger. >> the bigger one. and i haven't had a car in eight years. >> might be the way to go. >> perfect little car to park in the city streets, too. >> and my plate could be not crazy. >> so many people taking selfies with the pope and obviously some of us not getting the opportunity to do so yet although maybe later. so there is a pope selfie, literally a pope selfie app that you can take a selfie with the pope. but he's not there. there's a picture of the pope. al and i took one in studio 1a, the studio gave its blessing. >> al looking at the pope like that. >> he's just so cool. >> or are you looking at natalie? >> both. >> i thought we would get in here. his holiness, his holy father.
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okay. so there you go. you see? >> we met the pope. >> kind of met the pope. >> we did. as close to the pope as we can get for now. >> for all the people who complain about selfies, the pope takes selfies. so it's official. it's cool forever. i don't think he would even mind. he adapts to technology. but officially selfies are cool. we cannot complain anymore. he's modern. >> yes, he is. a modern pope. >> online reviews, have you gone online? >> i've looked at the reviews. >> if you've done a review? >> if i've had bad service at a restaurant, yes. i really read those and i take to heart what people say on those reviews, so i definitely think it's great research. >> well, be careful what you write because a judge has ordered a staten island woman to pay $1,000 after she wrote a negative online review about a floor refinishing business and
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its owner. her name is emily. she hired the company, mr. sandless, the owner is matt garnier to finish her floors for $695. anyway, she was not happy with the situation, so she wrote a scathing review on yelp, a very popular review site, and she also went on the local staten island website silive.com. she sued him seeking damages for defective repair. he counter sued her claiming that it was defamation, and the ruling the judge said her criticism of the work was an opinion and protected. that was okay. >> we don't have photos of the work that was done. >> we have what the judge said. >> so it went a step too far. >> here is the problem. her personal criticism of mr. matt crossed the line from opinion to libel because she used terms like scam, con artist, and rob.
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this implied actions of criminal wrongdoing. the judge said the company did have to pay her $400 because it didn't have the proper licenses to do the work. emily said she would fight her fine saying it was freedom of speech. by the way, yelp told us consumers do have the right to express their opinion about truthful experiences. we made a call to her. she makes the point that yelp says it reviews or at least sees these reviews that you write on there. but not for legal language. i think they look for things that are deemed offensive, slurs, et cetera, et cetera, so be very careful to keep it, i guess, to the work and not to the worker, the person. >> i can't imagine she's the only one who has ever called someone a con artist. >> well, because she sued him. >> that's why. >> and then he went after her. >> i'm sure he went through yelp, there are thousands of other examples. >> i read them but i read them with skepticism because i think it's a business calls your sister, say my restaurant is really good.
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i'm sure they're valid but you don't know. >> if you look at them and there are 400 reviews, that's what i look for. >> you look at the number. >> but there are companies that don't want -- that post stuff for you on yelp that will do it in volume. >> in volume, yes. how do you know it's real? >> you don't. that's the problem. >> you don't. i still look at them like on amazon or anything i order, i tend to read through them. i look to see if the size is true to size. i think it's worth -- >> caveat emptor. there's no libel here. we call this guy the pizza rat because he's a rat. >> caught him red-handed. >> he's a rat carrying pizza, therefore we're not libelling by calling him the pizza rat. >> he's a hero. >> that's not a mouse? >> that's a rat. however, we found another rodent
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that enjoys fine dairy products. this is milkshake squirrel. >> wow, that's impressive. >> his milkshake outside of shake shack in madison square park. >> that's no ordinary shake. that is a smart squirrel who goes for the good stuff. >> he gets the lid off. >> yes! >> looks like chocolate. i see he went for chocolate. very impressive. >> that is impressive. >> hey, rocky, watch me pull a shake out of the garbage here. >> the rat -- the squirrel was cute. the rat, it gets to me. >> it's not delivery, it's -- i stopped. >> yes, you did. >> let's check your weather, shall we? hey, we have a big system going on right now. some problems in the southeastern atlantic, big high pressure over new england. low pressure along the southeastern coast. the pressure between the two creates a gradient that will create winds of up to 40 miles an hour and that's going to cause problems.
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big rip currents, 3 to 6 foot surf, some areas in the outer bank up to 9 foot surf. and waves so damaginging it could cause head and neck injuries. dangerous for swimmers. beach erosion a big problem. and look at the heavy rainfall, 3-5 inches some areas locally along the southeast coast and inland could pick up 7 inches of rain. happy thursday morning to you. that's your latest weather. >> al, thank you very much. you know him as the star of the
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yourself and challenge people's perceptions of who you are and what you do, and this seemed like a good opportunity for that. i was a fan of the original series. we were kind of concurrent on nbc at the same time. i met and knew and loved all those guys. i'm still friends with a lot of them today. i thought, you know, this could be a fun way to jump back into series work and also back at my alma mater, back at nbc. >> we love having you back. >> yeah. >> tell us about your character. how are you the bad guy? >> well, so -- well, being a bad guy -- >> i like that laugh, bad guy laugh. >> it's -- i would say he's more misunderstood. >> okay. >> i think any good -- i think any good bad guy, any villain truly believes what they're doing is the right thing. my character luke collins is marri married and we're very normal people, married couple, have a son. the world knows that there are people with abilities, evos as
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they're called in the world. that leads to a lot of weird discriminations and things. there are a lot of undertones of civil rights, human rights in the show. it existed in the original series as well. there's a big summit that everyone goes to bring both sides together. we believe in peace with the evos. then what's considered a terrorist attack happens, thousands of people die including our son and we just go off the rales and we believe the world is not safe with people with abilities. not that they're necessarily bad but they shouldn't live and also avenging our son's death. so we become very tainted towards the dark individuals. >> ohhhh. >> good morning, everyone. and good morning. >> that sounds like a musical to me. >> yeah. >> family entertainment. ♪ killing people >> that's bad. really bad. >> you are fans of the original series who kind of felt like we were left off, forgotten about. >> yeah. >> me, i was like, i admit, i was on the blog. what are you thinking, nbc. what are you thinking, people?
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the network that employs me, but you're back. so are you ready for that loyal fandom that comes with anything related to sci-fi, super hero and this series? >> no, most definitely. i think part of the reason why it's exciting is it's an i.p. that has an existing fan base and love. it's a double edged sword, you have a lot of expectation about that. when you come back with something everybody knows, it's like, don't disappoint. >> pressure's on! >> exactly. >> but the pope is a big fan. very, very excited, guys, or papi. am i pronouncing that right? >> papa. >> he pronounced your name levi, too. >> good. very good. >> zach, thanks so much. "heroes reborn." here on nbc. coming up next, the three fs, family, football, and frito pie! sharing her favorite fall passion. do you want to stay, zach? do you want to stay, zach? >> for
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we continue our series. you share your fall passion. >> take a hint. >> my family fall is football in america! i didn't do that right. no matter how far apart we are, my family's in texas, football always brings us together this time of the year. my favorite fall family pastime, football! i'm a texan. how many times have i said that on the show, but it's engrained. it's a part of who i am. it's a part of my family. my brother played football. my nephew isaiah played football. my dad was a die hard cowboys fan and sitting with my family talking about the cowboys or watching the cowboys, that's what football means for us. >> a few years ago i was at the white house correspondent's dinner. you know, there are people from
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all over, lawmakers and famous celebrities and i caught a glimpse from afar of tony romo and it was like, get out of the way, everybody else, i've got to see tony romo! fall has such a beautiful, crisp smell that it actually -- something about it is so beautiful and just gets you. i do think of being out at the football games and having a nice blanket and in texas hot coco and what we call frito pie. it's a bag of frito chips, cut the top off, pour chili inside, shredded cheese, onions, get a spoon and you eat it out of the frito bag. so that is like so fall to me and just, ahhhh. listen, you can take the girl out of texas but you cannot take
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the cowboys out of my heart, never! >> this is genius. >> isn't it great? >> simple. >> i think of it as recycling in a sense. you don't have to get an extra bowl. you get your fritos, whatever toppings you have because we're in new york city they gave me fancy cheese. i just like kraft, shredded kraft cheddar. raw onions added in. >> they sell at the game? >> a lot of the high school football games you go to and get frito pie. if you're at home you can do a more formal thing using a baking pan. this is cool because then you just dump it. >> it doesn't get too hot. >> everybody gets to make their own. >> this is almost like the episode of "seinfeld," soup in a bread bowl. it's all gone. >> never had it in the bag. i love frito pie. it's great. >> tony, we're thinking about you. i know you're injured, but you'll be back. if you want a frito pie
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recipe -- why do i sound like a hill by all of a sudden. today.com, ladies and gentlemen. coming up though, two ladies who may not approve of my frito pie, joy and jenna. >> uh-oh. >> they are back to get you in shape for the new year in our 16 to 16 challenge. hurry, eat your frito pyatt the break and what makes a subway footlong the biggest, bestest sandwich? you do. 'cause it's all about your choice. of freshly baked bread.
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former owner of two hong kong lounge restaurants in the mission district. he's accused of underpaying employees by more than $90,000 in overtime and make threats against him and accused of lying to federal agents. he may face 25 years in prison. a look at weather and traffic when we come back.
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welcome back. we're waking up to some cloud cover this morning. it's high and mid level cloud cover, so we have filtered sunshine. you'll notice temperatures in the 60s and a little cool in the north bay still low 60s. later on this afternoon, it will heat up for our inland valleys. temperatures near 90 for the south bay. 95 for the tri-valley. 91 for the north bay. 76 for san francisco. let's check the commute with mike. and we still have slower drives. northbound toward high street past the coliseum, as we look at
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your map, 12:game for the as, so there will be traffic. a crash slowing past golden gate field. southbound a problem all morning, easing up now in toward hayward. recovery across the san mateo bridge and not so bad for the peninsula side. it's the dumbarton bridge that is really slow. we had a crash that bogged things down off of 84. south bay still suffering from the commute that we typically see, tough all the way up toward saratoga. another local news update in about half an hour. illion vehicles.
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meantime, the sales at volkswagen dealerships shows that customers are staying away. it hasn't said how the cars will be repaired or replaced. there's more information on the dangers of secondhand smoke. children with asthma who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home have a high risk of being hospitalized. they're almost twice as likely to be admitted to the hospital than asthma particular children living in smoke free homes.
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researchers say the immaturity of children's lungs and immune systems leaves them more vulnerable to cigarette smoke. millennials may be more likely to save for their kids' education. 74% of parents age 30 to 34 have put money aside versus 58% of parents the same age hold back in 2007. nearly half of millennial parents plan to shoulder most of the costs for college. macy's is inviting college students, retirees and others to apply for 85,000 temporary holiday jobs nationwide. that's about the same amount of seasonal help last year. many of the new hires will interact with customers over the telephone and on the internet. elsewhere kohl's will hire 69,000 seasonal workers and toys"r"us, 20,000. some americans will choose tricks over treats this coming halloween. this is according to consumer spending survey released today. it finds the average person will spend $74 for halloween this
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year. that's down from $78 last year. about 93% of halloween shoppers will buy candy. nearly 45% will decorate their home or yard. right foot red, left foot blue, right, at&t stadium in arlington, texas, was the site of this. the latest guinness book of world records for twister players. crews spent five hours combining 1200 twister boards and hundreds of people as you see showed up to take the record -- to give the record a spin. the giant mat covers half of the football field. my kids would love that. that is so much fun. >> how many chiropractors standing by? >> afterwards, a lot. >> do you have the weather for snus. >> you bet, nat. let's show you what we have for your week end planner. wet weather along the southeast coast. high tides. rip kurntsz up to new england. sunshine for the western part of the country the exception showers in the pacific northwest. then as we move into saturday,
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more wet weather along the mid-atlantic coast. the sunshine state into the northeast. across much of the country. few showers in the northern plains then sunday, sunday we are looking at rough surf continuing along the eastern seaboard. scattered showers throughout the mid section of the country. sunny and hot out in the southwest and more rain f good thursday morning to you. temperatures are warming nicely across the bay. temperatures now in the 70s across the tri-valley. san francisco in the 60s, but we have filtered sunshine. high and mid level cloud cover, so we will see plenty of sun. san mateo up to 79. 88 for san jose. saratoga up to 92. across the north bay, we'll see a few 90s, but not so bad for sausalito, 79. mid-90s for the tri-valley. that's your latest weather.
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willey. >> thank you very much, al. 16 to 16. show viewers and you at home to get healthy by the end of the year. today we're sharing an essential 16 item shopping list and a 16-minute routine workout routine. we'll start in the kitchen with "today's" joy bower and a participant mary lemur if i. i know the answer to this question. joy -- >> mary jean -- >> how has she done? >> she has lost 8 1/2 pounds during the first week. >> that's an exorbitant amount. i don't want everybody that's watching to expect that loss. the first week is typically the most. you lose fat and you lose some water. this is one smashing start. high five. >> has it been tough? >> no, i've got to tell you it's been relatively easy. i feel great. my energy is up. i'm eating all the time. it wasn't hard at all, i don't think. i have been cooking recipes from -- joy has a bunch of recipes up. >> no one's starving.
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>> no, i'm not. >> eating better. >> eating better than she did before. >> we announced that we were going to donate $16 over the next 16 weeks for every pound you lose to feeding america. at the rate you've just gone, 8 1/2 pounds times 176 meals which is what that dollar would represent to feeding america, you're giving 1500 meals away in your first week. >> wow, what a feel good. >> keep it up. >> that's the best part. >> it is. >> let's talk about the shopping list. 16 essential foods. >> 16 foods will be on the website. i'm going to highlight two from each category. >> okay. >> let me show you in the fridge. first, i love apples. you've got to have them in the fridge because they're portion controlled. they're under 100 calories each. you can tote them along with you. they're filling. it's a perfect snack. i love non-fat or low fat greek yogurt first because it has a lot of protein. you couple that with a piece of fruit, great snack, great breakfast. it's a cool substitute for fattening sour cream on a baked
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potato or dips. >> i love the baby carrots, too. >> so easy. >> let's move into the freezer. >> in terms of the freezer, frozen chopped spinach needs to be your best friend. it is one of the most super store nutrient packed vegetables. if you nuke it in the micro wave, get rid of the water, mix it with ground turkey you have spinach turkey burger. frozen shrimp. only 8 calories per shrimp. work it into stews. now open the pantry. >> all right. >> i love canned salmon. it's inexpensive. it's sort of like the new tuna salad. also beans. canned beans, dried beans. protein and fiber. super filling. on the go, people know nuts and bananas. lollipops. only 60 or 70 calories. it's pure sugar.
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put that in your purse. >> mary jean, keep up the good work. >> ohhh. >> let's send it to natalie. >> i'm here with jenna wolf and ken and rochelle wilson. >> we heard 8 1/2 pounds. >> rochelle and ken. ken lost 8 pounds this week. >> yes. >> rochelle lost almost 6 pounds. >> amazing. >> let us keep in mind they only made tiny, tiny changes. they moved a little bit more and ate better and that's the results they saw with only those minor changes. >> what's been most challenging for you guys with working out? >> finding time? >> no, i'm able to make time and i've adjusted the foods so i'm not hungry. i'm not hungry, all kinds of stuff to eat all the time. >> nutrition has been the biggest change for me. >> you're going to give us a quick pyramid. >> yes. >> 16 minutes of exercise, right? >> yes. these two guys are runners. you're a runner as well. i'm trying to find ways to make their workouts more creative so
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you're not just running every day and get bored. i put together a four exercise pyramid. natalie, you and i have done ten exercise pyramids. we're going to bring this down. we'll work every muscle in the body. if you can get through the pyramid in four minutes, you do four of them, if it takes you eight minutes, you do two of them. the bottom line, working out 16 minutes. >> butt kicker. pushing slightly from right to left. she's insane. i love her. you try to hit your butt exactly. get the heart right up. go side to side. >> do 40 reps. 40 butt kickers. now we're going to get down to the ground and do 30 mountain climbers. kick up and up. >> heels, jenna. >> so we're doing 30 of these. then those work your shoulders, these work your triceps. >> this is a cardiohip press.
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>> thank you for telling us. if you can, i want you to kick up with your feet. see if you can do it. >> good. >> if you can't, rochelle i want you to kick one and one. >> the last exercise is a plank toe lift. so you're basically in a plank position. your core is tight. 40, 30, 20, 10, that is one pyramid. aim for four of these or two and there's your workout. >> great job! . great job, joy, jenna, ken, rochelle. for joy's full 16 item shopping list and 16 minute working out, i'm out of breath. how is that possible? coming up next, where will you find a bicycle ballerina and a raccoon knocking on someone's door? door? the did you know there's a sensodyne® toothpaste hat actually repairs sensitive teeth and helps whiten tooth enamel? try sensodyne® repair and protect whitening toothpaste. it's clinically proven ingredient builds a repairing layer over the sensitive areas to help protect you from pain.
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videos online. >> "right this minute" is all about finding incredible videos. good to see you. >> happy to be here, guys. >> we put these clips up on our website. our viewers have spoken and voted them in order of their favorite ranking. start with number three. >> still a good one. >> yeah, it is. it's a gender reveal. >> that's right. >> willey and i have yet to do this. this little boy's mom is pregnant and wants to show a little creativity by revealing what the baby's sex is based on the frosting inside a cupcake. >> that's right. it's either going to be pink or it's going to be blue. she has the camera set out and she's like, go in, open up the cake, you'll find out if you are having a brother or a sister. >> let's check it out. >> what color is that? >> what's that mean? >> oh. >> you're going to have a little sister! oh, my gosh.
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>> he's so excited about it. >> funny. >> oh, man. >> that's why the video is going viral because that little man, he just could not hold it in. he has all his emotions on show for everyone. i'm from the timy sure, i think he wanted a brother. >> he'll come around. i'm sure he will. let's go to number two on our countdown. bicycle ballet. >> this is nicole and it's from a competition in austria. artistic cycling. we have this video on "right this minute" it had hardly any views. over the next week we saw this explode. it was all over my facebook feed because people were kind of blown away. it reminds them of that scene from "flashdance" on the bicycle. the crazy thing about this video, guys. it's gone viral. everyone is impressed by it. she came fifth. what are the other people doing? >> i'm telling you. >> how do you even practice that? >> she's been doing it since she was a kid. she does incredible things.
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>> number one by a landslide. very tenacious raccoon. >> this is rocksy. >> basically takes a rock. >> this is a mom. what happened was she was leaving food out for her cat in the bowl. this raccoon was stealing it. she found if she put more food out she would eat it. if she doesn't eat it rocksy picks it up and bangs it against the glass. >> scratching up her glass. >> she has absolutely. she's fine with it. >> i've not figured out if the humans have trained rocksy or rocksy has trained the humans. >> thank you so much, ali. up next, the new animated show your kids will be watching this weekend, it's called nina's world. you may recognize one of the voices because it belongs to the great rita moreno. great rita moreno. roxy they call
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walgreens "get a shot. give a shot." program has helped provide seven million vaccines. make your flu shot make a world of difference. walgreens. at the corner of happy and healthy. and joint damage of moderate to thisevere rheumatoid arthritis., before you and your rheumatologist decide on a biologic, ask if xeljanz is right for you. xeljanz is a small pill, not an injection or infusion, for adults with moderate to severe ra for whom methotrexate did not work well. xeljanz can relieve ra symptoms and help stop further joint damage. xeljanz can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis.
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serious, sometimes fatal infections, lymphoma, and other cancers have happened. don't start xeljanz if you have any infection, unless ok with your doctor. tears in the stomach or intestines, low blood cell counts, and higher liver tests and cholesterol levels have happened. your doctor should perform blood tests before you start and while taking xeljanz, and routinely check certain liver tests. tell your doctor if you have been to a region where fungal infections are common, and if you have had tb, hepatitis b or c, or are prone to infections. tell your doctor about all the medicines you take. one pill, twice daily, xeljanz can reduce ra pain and help stop further joint damage, even without methotrexate. ask your rheumatologist about xeljanz.
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the oscar tony. >> now rita is immortalized into a cartoon as the voice of abulista on the animated show nina's world. >> our sister network, brout. >> that's so cute. >> that's adorable. actually, she almost looks like -- >> i was thinking the same thing. >> you know what happened accidentally, they made the drawing. someone said, you know, that's beginning to look more and more like rita moreno. >> absolutely. that's how it happened. >> your hair now is exactly like hers now. >> i know. i know. the best show, by the way. it's the best show. it's very authentic. i know we don't have a lot of time. let me tell you why it's great. it takes diversity to a new level. for instance, we have a little boy who is deaf, mico in the show, and it's played by a real little boy who is deaf who reads
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lips, who signs, and speaks! this is a little person who has never heard a sound in his life and when you hear him and you understand him, you're mind boggled. isn't that astonishing? >> i love that. >> that's diversity. we have an indian couple from india. they're actors from those places, chinese couple, chinese people. it's a terrific show. it's not noisy. it's not whacky. no one talking in funny little voices there. >> sweet. >> don't you get sick of that? it's a real neighborhood. it's a real authentic show. >> little grandmother. >> what is your relationship with your granddaughter? >> oh, my gosh. i take her on adventures and all kinds of stuff, and like the museum is closed and nina's very disappointed so we take her into the garage and say, let's have our own museum and see what we find. finding things, mexican-american
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child. she finds things about her mother's past, her father, the history of mexican history. >> i love that. >> it covers everything. and even -- oh, you know what, i've got to say good-bye. i was just told to shut up. >> you were paying attention to our stage -- >> this is what happens when you have a professional. our stage manager giving us the good-bye. >> no, i asked her to give it to me so you wouldn't appear rude. >> oh. >> true professional. >> you're in trouble. >> you're a true professional. >> and an album coming out tomorrow. >> in spanish. >> rita moran know. >> can you give us a little somewhere on the break? ♪ ♪ >> and we're back in a moment. this is "today" on nbc.
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it'll be here before you know it. hello, halloween. it's the one night when everybody dresses up. and that includes dinner. unleash the power of dough. give it a pop. this moment is perfect in every way just like my kid gooey...flaky...happy. toaster strudel. now with more icing. appear to have gotten the best of the mitchell park library in palo alto. the pests muste 9:56. big bugs appear to have gotten the best of the mitchell park library in palo alto. those pests have to be taken care of, so the library will close over the next couple of days. bedbugs were found in two chairs on the first floor, so that area is off-limits right now.
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the library will open today, but at 6:00 tonight it closes and exterminators will descend. let's check your weather. sdl we had a beautiful sunrise this morning. no fog, but the hire thgh thin s mean filtered sunshine. temperatures warm nicely. already in the 70s across the south bay and east bay. and eventually we will see 76 for an afternoon high in san francisco. close to 90 for the south bay and north bay expect a few 90s there. tri-valley will have temperatures in the mid-90s. weekend offers some cooling. let's talk to mike about the drive. we have your typical trickle down traffic going on here. thrower by the bay bridge. slowing toward the east shore freeway. easier drive across the san mateo bridge. a crash around wood sigh causing more backups south of 92. slow across the dumbarton
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bridge. clearing for 101 heading down into redwood city. northbound routes continue to slow down. northbound 85 slowing because of a crash on the southbound side. we'll have another local news update in half an hour.
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